Kannai Area

Kanagawa, Kanto

Lively area where new and old cultures intersect. Yamashita Park is a former 19th-century foreign residential area.

Kannai is the area where the Yokohama government offices are located. Japan's isolation from the rest of the world, which lasted for more than 200 years, finally came to an end in the mid-19th century. Yokohama Port was opened for international trading, and foreign residences were created within the Japanese residential areas around the port. The word Kannai means "the barrier to the inside" and originates from the fact that a barrier was built in order to separate the foreign residences that were located "inside" the Japanese residential areas. Western influence from those days can still be seen in Kannai and there in the streets, such as the port Opening Memorial Hall, which has a clock tower of red bricks.

Yamashita Park is a seaside park about one kilometer long along the seashore, facing Yokohama Port. As it is close to the Chinatown in Yokohama, a number of foreign visitors also love to drop by this park. In the park is the NYK Hikawamaru, a luxury passenger liner that was once called "Queen of the Pacific Ocean." Charlie Chaplin was a passenger on this ship, which still attracts many visitors throughout the year today.

Close to Yamashita Park, there is the Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, which is the gateway of Yokohama Port to welcome travelers arriving by large foreign passenger ships from every corner of the world. From this pier, you can have a beautiful night view of the Minato Mirai 21 Area. Cruising on restaurant ships, which are dispatched from Osanbashi and Yamashita Park, is also popular with travelers.


From Tokyo:
[Rail] 50 min from Tokyo to Kannai Station by JR Keihin Tohoku Line.

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